noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French chapele, from Medieval Latin cappella, from diminutive of Late Latin cappa cloak; from the cloak of Saint Martin of Tours preserved as a sacred relic in a chapel built for that purpose Date: 13th century 1. a subordinate or private place of worship: as a. a place of worship serving a residence or institution b. a small house of worship usually associated with a main church c. a room or recess in a church for meditation and prayer or small religious services 2. a place of worship used by a Christian group other than an established church <
a nonconformist chapel
3. a choir of singers belonging to a chapel 4. a chapel service or assembly at a school or college 5. an association of the employees in a printing office 6. a. funeral home b. a room for funeral services in a funeral home

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  • Chapel — • When St. Martin divided his military cloak (cappa) and gave half to the beggar at the gate of Amiens, he wrapped the other half round his shoulders, thus making of it a cape (capella). This cape, or its representative, was afterwards preserved… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Chapel — Chap el, n. [OF. chapele, F. chapelle, fr. LL. capella, orig., a short cloak, hood, or cowl; later, a reliquary, sacred vessel, chapel; dim. of cappa, capa, cloak, cape, cope; also, a covering for the head. The chapel where St. Martin s cloak was …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chapel — ist Chapel (Programmiersprache) der Name mehrerer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Chapel (Missouri) Chapel (Pennsylvania) Chapel (West Virginia) Chapel Manor (Indiana) Chapel Oaks (Maryland) Chapel Ridge (Wisconsin) Chapel Village (Virginia) der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chapel — (del fr. antig. «chapel»; ant.) m. Chapelete. * * * chapel. (Del fr. ant. chapel). m. ant. Cobertura de la cabeza, a modo de sombrero o bonete …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • chapel — [chap′əl] n. [ME & OFr chapelle < ML cappella, dim. of cappa, cape < LL: orig., sanctuary in which the cappa or cope of St. Martin was preserved; then, any sanctuary] 1. a place of Christian worship subordinate to and smaller than a church… …   English World dictionary

  • Chapel — Chap el, v. t. 1. To deposit or inter in a chapel; to enshrine. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To cause (a ship taken aback in a light breeze) so to turn or make a circuit as to recover, without bracing the yards, the same tack on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chapel — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. chapele (12c., Mod.Fr. chapelle), from M.L. cappella chapel, sanctuary for relics, lit. little cape, dim. of L.L. cappa cape (see CAP (Cf. cap)); by tradition, originally in reference to the sanctuary in France in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chapel — (Del fr. ant. chapel). m. ant. Cobertura de la cabeza, a modo de sombrero o bonete …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • chapel — ► NOUN 1) a small building for Christian worship, typically one attached to an institution or private house. 2) a part of a large church with its own altar and dedication. 3) Brit. a place of worship for Nonconformist congregations. 4) Brit. the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Chapel — (engl., spr. tschäppel), Kapelle; in England jede Kirche, die einer Dissidentengemeinde gehört …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Chapel — (engl., spr. tschäpp l), Kapelle …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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